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Bridge Bike Works Surveyor officially launches made-in-Canada carbon all-road bike production
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Maybe not surprisingly, it’s taken upstart carbon bikebuilder Bridge Bike Works a bit longer than planned to hit their stride with full-scale bike production in-house in Canada. But in the almost year since we toured their Toronto factory last fall, they’ve continued to refine manufacturing processes. Now, Bridge has officially launched production of the refined Surveyor all-road bike and are offering its All-Road Integrated fork separately, too…

Bridge Bike Works hits production with threaded carbon BB

Up to now, Bridge has been only building and selling a limited number of pre-ordered Surveyor all-road bikes as they dialed in production. But now with production officially launched, Bridge are now delivering the most common 55cm, 57cm & 59cm framesets out to shops & customers who’ve been waiting patiently. And the remaining 51cm & 53cm frames will head out of their workshop in 4-6 weeks’ time.

What’s new?

Bridge Bike Works Surveyor launches made-in-Canada carbon all-road bike production with threaded carbon BB
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Since we last caught up with them in person, Bridge have developed molding carbon threads into the Surveyors’ T47 bottom brackets. Word is that all bikes they’ve shipped to customers include Bridge’s “industry-first carbon threaded BB” tech. Bridge developed the carbon threads and tested them to 3-5x the standard 30-50Nm or torque a threaded BB usually sees. And they’ve been testing them out on gravel & tarmac with no failures & zero creaks.

bridge bike works surveyor all-road bike frame sneak peek

Want the rest of the tech details on this made-in-Canada all-road & fast gravel bike, check our latest Surveyor tech coverage.

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Bridge also updated their deposit structure. Given that, now $1000 CAD up front (~$735 USD) reserves a production slot in the build queue – currently slated for Spring 2024 delivery. Surveyor framesets currently sell for $5500 CAD (~$4050 USD), with complete all-road or gravel builds possible with Shimano or SRAM groupsets.

Bridge All-Road Integrated Forks, too

Bridge Bike Works All-Road Integrated Fork, made-in-Canada carbon fork now available

Unique in manufacturing their own forks in-house too, from early on Bridge promised to make them available separately, as well. Now, taking orders for delivery in early 2024, both end consumers and other OE framebuilders can buy the Canadian carbon all-road fork.

The Toronto-made carbon All-Road Integrated Fork is designed to work with “all modern integrated cable setups”. The fork features a 382.5mm axle-to-crown height, and comes in 45.9mm or 53.1mm offsets. The round tapered steerer carbon fork is flat mount for 140 or 160mm rotors. It features a 12x100mm Robert thru-axle with replaceable threads, and includes an expansion plug. Tire clearance is 700c x 42mm, or 650b x 48mm.

Bridge Bike Works All-Road Integrated Fork, made-in-Canada carbon fork now available

The Bridge All-Road Integrated Fork retails for $899 CAD (~$665 USD) to consumers. At this time, get it in matte or gloss Cerakote black, with manufacturer pricing also available on request. Custom paint to match your bike is available individually.

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SteveT
SteveT
7 months ago

Carbon fiber threads in the bottom bracket sounds like a disaster waiting to happen for the customer. Is Bridge willing to provide any type of additional warranty for such threads should they become stripped, etc…?

If the threads go bad at all you are likely left with a creaking mess and how exactly would you ever be able to chase such threads if necessary? What grease do you use in the BB when installing a bottom bracket that does not degrade the CF threads themselves?

An interesting concept, but for $4,000 US for a frameset I prefer not to be a beta tester for such an unproven concept.

Their forks on the other hand look pretty darn impressive.

myke
myke
7 months ago
Reply to  SteveT

This is nothing new(threaded carbon bb.) I think they announced about a year ago. I honestly have to say you have nothing to lose. Bridge will stand by their product as they have started. Also, $4k for a frameset is below what most North American carbon frame builders charge. I have yet to hear anything bad about Bridge.

SteveT
SteveT
7 months ago
Reply to  myke

So if this is “nothing new”, which companies are these that have a long term proven track record of durability and reliability with CF BB threads? Which of their models used this tech?

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
7 months ago
Reply to  SteveT

The big question is “why???” If one is going to go to all the trouble of producing molded CF threads and Cerakoting it, why not just manufacture a simple round hole of the correct diameter?

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
7 months ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

Because, believe it or not, a “simple round hole” is more difficult to get right than threads. A press fit carbon BB that doesn’t creak requires more circularity and parallelism than you’d think and is very difficult to achieve without some post curing processing/machining.

Threads, assuming they’re molded to a decent tolerance and they’ve gotten the winding and adhesion well sorted out, will distort just enough at proper installation torque to pull themselves into the proper shape. And the surface contact under tension will be less likely to distort further enough to cause creaking.

I’m not saying they achieved any of those goals, but it does make sense from a manufacturing standpoint if eliminating second operations is a goal.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
7 months ago
Reply to  Roger Pedacter

Also, that’s a really nice looking fork. Too bad the clearance is only 43.

SteveT
SteveT
7 months ago
Reply to  Roger Pedacter

I agree. That fork looks sweet. I’m guessing they’ll probably create a larger clearance fork down the road if they think there’s a market for it.

SteveT
SteveT
7 months ago
Reply to  Roger Pedacter

So how do the CF threads in the BB shell hold up when the outside of the threads is nothing but matrix holding the CF material and that matrix will be exposed to alloy BB threads being threaded into them and removed as BB’s are serviced regularly? Won’t the alloy threads in the BB’s wear down that outer matrix surface pretty quickly (thus wearing down the outer dimensions of the CF threads) meaning you no longer will have a tight fit and tension between the treads after a few BB installs and removals?

And there are most certainly companies out there that can make a properly specced PF BB shell and they do it over and over.

Nice Roger Podacter reference. “I’m looking for Ray Finkle and a clean pair of shorts.”

Oliver
Oliver
7 months ago

Were I ordering this frame I’d request BB386EVO (not like they couldn’t do it).

SteveT
SteveT
7 months ago

Well, I found some more info about what they are doing and my concerns have gone down. I like the fact they are coating the threads with Cerakote. Done correctly that should really strengthen the thread surfaces themselves. I’d still like to know if the threads can be tapped at all if damaged because I suspect they can not since they are molded as part of the carbon fiber bottom bracket. But a correctly fabbed product including Cerakote application should last a long time assuming some hand fisted local bike mechanic never damages the threads during a BB servicing or replacement.

Last edited 7 months ago by SteveT
Oliver
Oliver
7 months ago
Reply to  SteveT

Cerakote is absolutely not intended for this purpose … it’s another gimmick.

SteveT
SteveT
7 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

Why would Cerakote not work for this purpose. While I’m not a huge fan of the idea of molding BB threads out of the CF shell, Cerakote has serious surface hardness, which is precisely the type of thing that would likely be needed in this type of app IMO. Can you explain why it is a gimmick?

Workonsunday
Workonsunday
7 months ago

Lol… another 4.5k frameset… suddenly everyone thinks they are race-proven, large r&d, QC-ed company…..

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